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Did you know that we offer crawlspace encapsulation?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Decatur homes are usually storm resistant. People here are used to the wind and rain and act accordingly to protect their roofs, walls, and floors. It is more challenging to protect basements and crawlspaces from the same water, however. 
 
To dry out a wet crawlspace, we first have to remove the water. That is not usually a problem, but since this is a storm, the ground is going to be very wet and possibly damaged. SERVPRO technicians understand that means multiple, water-filled low spots. It can be difficult to bring in hoses even in a large crawl space to siphon out the pooling water. 
 
The next step is to lower the humidity as much as possible. Bringing in a dehumidifier is not usually an option, just like pump hoses. We can set up dehumidifiers with flexible plastic conduits to direct the moist air from the space to the exterior. We can also place containers with chemical desiccants in the crawlspace to absorb water from the air. If possible, we set up an air mover above the crawlspace and blow in warm, dry air to displace the damp air we attempt to draw out using an exhaust fan. 
 
Now that we removed the water, SERVPRO technicians encapsulate the crawlspace once the moisture level and soil dampness have been reduced to normal levels. We cover the dirt floor with polyethylene sheets and a polyester mesh for reinforcement. This 12 mil plastic guard covering prevents moisture from leeching up from the ground. 
 
Next, our technicians check the walls for cracks or seeps caused by the storm. Technicians can fill weaknesses with hydraulic cement and then cover the walls with masonry cement. These two compounds form an excellent seal against further water intrusion. Now that the walls are secure, we seal the polyethylene sheets and polyester mesh floor to them with waterproof, foundation tape. 
 
Finally, to protect against further storms, we recommend applying a thick coat of liquid rubber to the outside of the foundation. Once it sets, the only way storm water can get through is for a storm to crack the foundation or shift it underneath the home. 
 
Drying out a wet crawlspace is not an easy task. It takes a professional service to remove the water and prevent further intrusion from future storms. To see how we can protect your home, call SERVPRO of Decatur at (256) 340-1541 today. We are here to help.

Flooding in your area?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

This is a photo of a flooded basement. You can see the stairs going down to the basement and all the water. Basement flooded? Call us today (256) 340-1541

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – (256) 340-1541

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Decatur and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (256) 340-1541

Why Duct Cleaning is important

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

This is a photo of an HVAC duct line before cleaning. You can see the dirt and dust in the line If your ductwork looks like this, give us a call today!

Have you had your air duct system inspected recently? The Indoor Air Quality Industry recommends having your HVAC system cleaned once every five years. Cleaning your duct system will prolong the life of your HVAC unit as well as make your indoor air quality much better. If you or your children suffer from allergies in the spring make sure to give SERVPRO of Decatur a call at (256) 340-1541 to schedule your cleaning appointment today. 

We will clean the unit, all registers and the ductwork. After the cleaning is finished, we will treat with an EPA registered disinfectant. 

If you have a lot of dust in your home, are suffering with allergies, or know that you have not had your ductwork cleaned in more than five years, give us a call today!

Is mold a problem in your home or business?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of a white wall with black mold after cabinet removal. If you have had water damage and think that you may have a mold issue. Give us a call today.

Mold can seem almost benign due to its slow rate of visible damage and sluggish spreading but make no mistake; it can pose a health hazard to you once it has taken hold. SERVPRO technicians take entire courses on mold safety. There are many species of fungi that can create widely varied situations and problems depending on a high number of factors. If you have uncovered mold in your home, protecting your health and safety becomes a concern, and should top your list of priorities. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind as you live and work in your home during the remediation service. SERVPRO stance is that mold does cause health effects, we do not diagnose, but we do remediate.

SERVPRO technicians have access to industrial-grade protective masks and even suits when needed, and you should, at the very least, try to protect your mouth and sinuses with a mask when working near mold damage. For those with asthma or respiratory issues, the urgency of this precaution is even higher. We firmly recommend that you do not grapple with this problem. Our main advice is to call us to tackle your mold problem.
 
Hands Off
Some types of mold can produce toxic or infectious byproducts, making the act of touching mold with your bare hands potentially dangerous. In general, you should never touch visible mold growth, as doing so can not only hurt you but also spread the mold to other surfaces. If you touch mold by accident, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching other surfaces.
 
Be Mindful of Other Dangers
Many mold damage cases come with additional problems, whether you are aware of them or not. That patch of mold could be the result of a five-year-old water pipe leak, and in addition to allowing mold growth, it may have already long weakened the surrounding structure. Being aware of structural issues and other types of damage could save you money while protecting your home investment.
 

Call SERVPRO of Decatur if you suspect you have a mold issue.

256-340-1541

IICRC Certified Firm

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Decatur is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Decatur

SERVPRO of Decatur specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm.  We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What to do if you experience flooding in your home.

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

This is a picture of the orange SERVPRO house logo, with a customer and technician Give us a call at 256-340-1541.

When water damage happens to your home, it’s always an inconvenience to get it cleaned up and back to normal again. Many homeowners ask if it’s really necessary to bring in the professionals if one room floods, wondering if they can simply open up a few windows until the carpet and pad dry out. Do you really need to call in the pros for a flooded room?

When you should call a professional for water damage

There are times that you may not need our services if you experience a small amount of water damage in your home, but it’s always a good idea to find out if the damage you see is really all the damage there is. The question is: when is a good time to call in a professional water remediation service? A lot of times a homeowner or business owner may not realize how much they really need SERVPRO’s services. Unfortunately, the water damage you see is only the tip of the iceberg. A damp carpet and bad may also include water behind walls which can quickly breed mold if not checked.

Should you really dry to handle water damage yourself?

A lot of times before walking on a carpet or touching a wall, it may look dry. Oftentimes, that’s not the case. If you have a particularly damp carpet or pad, you need to ensure it gets completely dry to avoid damage, mold growth and odors. You may think that a small fan can do the job. Unfortunately, a small fan or dehumidifier may not be enough to dry everything out before the damage begins. 

If you’re in doubt, call SERVPRO

If you ever have a situation that you are not sure if you need us, we always are just a call away, and it’s better to call in the pros just to be safe and prevent further damage from occurring. Our experts know how to spot damage beyond what a homeowner may see. We have the equipment to measure the amount of moisture in carpets, pads and behind walls. Call us and we will come and provide you a free estimate to help dry out your home. We are always here to help!

If your home experiences water damage of any kind, it’s best to call in the pros to ensure the area is completely dry, and no more damage is done. Contact SERVPRO of Decatur at 256-340-1541 and let our water remediation specialists handle your water issue!

Why use SERVPRO for your mold remediation?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

If mold has formed in your home, the experienced team at SERVPRO of Decatur is ready 24/7 to come to get the remediation started.

Open 24/7 and always "here to help"

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fleet vehicle SERVPRO fleet Vehicle

Disasters don’t happen when it is most convenient for you. You can’t decline their request or ignore their call. They especially don’t wait for regular business hours. That is why SERVPRO of Decatur provides services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your disaster happens on a holiday? Not a problem! We are always here for you when you need us the most. We are dedicated to arriving faster to any size disaster and quickly and efficiently completing your job to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Disasters can happen quickly. Don’t trust just anyone. Trust the pros. Call SERVPRO of Decatur.

We are Cleaning Experts

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

If you are in need of cleaning services of any kind, give us a call toady (256) 340-1541.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers in Decatur and Morgan County that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Decatur (256) 340-1541.

We are here to help our clients and customers remain as as safe and healthy as possible. 

We are the professional packout and content restoration company for your home or business.

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Let us come and pack out your home or business. Our team of professionals will take care of your belongings as if they were our own.

You’ve had a minor fire or water damage at your place of residence or establishment. One of the many things that crosses your mind is all your sentimental valuables. Everything is affected: your autographed balls, cards, and photos from your favorite sports team, your family heirloom, your framed picture frame that contains all your degrees, and the list goes on. Just ruined. Or so you think. 

When you’re faced with something as overwhelming and stressful as that, you need someone to come in to turn that into a stress-free situation. That’s where our heroes here at SERVPRO® of Decatur come in. Our heroes save the day by making it "Like it never even happened."® 

When you have fire damage or water damage at your home or business, our team can properly pack out your belongings and perform content restoration. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home or business and belongings with care.  

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO® of Decatur can conduct an organized, efficient move-out/pack-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Content Restoration 

If your belongings are affected by fire damage, we can restore them with content restoration. SERVPRO® of Decatur has the expertise and the “restore” versus “replace” mentality which can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

If you ever wonder why SERVPRO®, it’s because we have specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment. We can quickly restore your home or office to preloss condition. Allow us to take on your next fire or water damage job. Call us today at (256) 340-1541.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

We can disinfect your office space in the midst of the Coronavirus scare.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Decatur (256) 340-1541.

Free ERP for your business

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

These useful tools are completely free.

As a business owner, you always strive to do everything in your power to protect your business and your investment. SERVPRO® of Decatur helps keep your business safe with our easy and effective Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). We make it our business to help protect your business. Why SERVPRO®? Because we are your exclusive ERP partner. 

What is an Emergency Ready Profile? An ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information regarding your business. This includes information such as emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Learn how to keep your business safe with a SERVPRO® ERP.  

An ERP is a tool for property managers and owners -- both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation. This can help minimize how water damage and fire damage can affect your home or business.

3 benefits of an Emergency Ready Profile: 

  1. Helps ensure you’re “Ready for whatever happens.” 
  2. Helps minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. 
  3. Helps save time and money. 

Our heroes here at SERVPRO® of Decatur encourage you to always be prepared, always be “Ready for whatever happens,” and you can achieve that with our ERP. When we implement an Emergency Ready Profile at your commercial property, we analyze your blueprints and conduct a walk-thru to ensure that we have captured all of the information needed.  Throughout the ERP process, we capture photos and document all pertinent information about your business and personally deliver it to you. 

Our mobile-friendly FREE app allows you to see all critical information in one central location. And you can access it with just the touch of a button. Take that very important step and go to your App Store to get our app now. It’s completely FREE. By doing so, you’re already taking those necessary steps to protecting your investment.


When it comes to protecting your business, count on the company that has experience in doing so. Count on the company that’s your exclusive ERP partner -- SERVPRO® of Decatur. Our marketing heroes will be happy to implement your ERP -- for FREE. Contact us today at (256) 340-1541

We are here to help

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

This is an enlarged photo of the virus cells. We are available to help you should you need us.

With all of the uncertainty in our country today, please remember we are still here to help you should you need us. If you or someone you know has come into contact with the Coronavirus, here are some tips that you can refer to. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, etc. The CDC also recommends using a hospital grade disinfectant. 

SERVPRO of Decatur is available to provide proactive cleaning as well as cleaning for an outbreak of the virus in your home or commercial building. SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO's proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. 

If you are in need of services, please give us a call today at (256) 341-3041.

We are a 24/7/365 Business

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

This photo is of our IICRC Certified Firm certificate. This is a distinguished honor that we are very proud of.

Did you know that here at SERVPRO of Decatur, we never close? That's right. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That includes holidays!!

We understand that disasters are not planned and you cannot choose when one will strike. We want you to know that you can rest easy knowing that we are here for you no matter when you need us. 

We have highly trained technicians, have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureauhttps://www.bbb.org/us/al/athens/profile/fire-water-damage-restoration/SERVPRO-of-decatur-0513-900005790 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. Being an IICRC  Certified firm is a distinguished honor that we are very proud of. 

We want to be your first call no matter what time of the day or day of the week. We will work tirelessly to ensure that every customer is satisfied with our service. We pride ourselves on being the #1 Restoration Company in the World and we want to show you that we are the best. Give us a call today (256) 340-1541 

Mold Remediation

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on sheetrock

The very thought of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Yes, mold can be beneficial, used in making brie or penicillin, but it can also be a very big problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings. It can grow on just about any surface such as clothing, paper, carpet, and food. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

Here is an example of what happens when you have a leaking AC unit on the outside wall of your home. Many times, homeowners can have this problem and not even know it because the mold grown in an area that is hidden. This mold was behind the sheetrock so it was completely hidden. If you discover mold in your home, give us a call and let us help you. (256) 340-1541

Duct Cleaning

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of an HVAC unit

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air condition. It's important to make sure that all of these systems are working properly and that the health of your systems are in good condition.

Unfortunately, these systems can be the source and pathway for dust, dirt, and biological contaminants. These contaminants being in the air you breathe in every day in your workplace or home can be harmful to your health.

The benefits of letting SERVPRO take care of your HVAC needs are:

    • Help to restore peak energy efficiency.
    • Help to eliminate offensive odors.
    • Help reduce the potential for mold growth

So when is the right time to call SERVPRO of Decatur for your HVAC needs?

    • When there is slime growth
    • When you suspect that there is debris that restricts airflow
    • When you notice dust emitting from air supply registers
    • strange odors in the HVAC system

If you feel that it is time for an HVAC cleaning give us a call for an inspection (256) 340-1541

Esporta Machine

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Esporta Machine

SERVPRO strives to be a one-stop shop and with the addition of the Esporta wash system. It uses patented technology to restore moldy, bio-hazard, smoke damaged soft content items such as shoes, handbags, clothing, draperies, and hats to preloss condition.

 Now that we are armed with the Esporta iS4000, we are capable of cleaning 2X more than ordinary dry cleaners!

The Esporta iS4000 cleans 90% of all damaged soft contents. These soft contents include the homeowners clothing, bedding, outerwear, pillows and stuffed animals. It includes leather items such as shoes, boots, belts, purses and jackets. Plus the full range of sports equipment, helmets, roller blades & ski boots.

The Esporta Wash System is capable of cleaning soot, sewage, water damage and bio-contamination.

If your home business has experienced a fire, water damage, or mold damage, give SERVPRO of Decatur a call at 256-340-1541!

  

Team SERVPRO in the Clay Shoot

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Team SERVPRO

We love to support our community at events. We had a team entered into the Sporting Clay tournament. The money raised in the tournament goes back to the community through the chamber of commerce. Unfortunately, they did not win but fun was had by all. We will be participating again next year for sure. If you need more information on this event, give us a call and we can fill you in. 

The SERVPRO team members were Jordan Hendon (Owner), Damien Reynolds (Production Manager), Ray Glaze (Marketing Representative), and Penny Stevens (Marketing Representative). 

Participating in events helps us to stay involved and give back to the community. If you have an event that your business or organization is putting together, please let us know. Please send an email to jlowery@SERVPRO9943.com. We may want to join in on the fun!!

Humidity and Mold

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold caused by humidity

Usually, something fairly obvious like a leak or a flood is the cause of a mold outbreak. You trust this to be the rule to explain mold growth, so microbial activity in non-water damaged areas of your home take you completely by surprise. SERVPRO knows microbial outbreaks do not always play by the rules, but we have confidence in our mold remediation methods.

Why would mold damage be a problem in your  home if the roof is sound and all plumbing up to date? Many homes have central air conditioning or window units to minimize the discomfort of extreme heat and excessive moisture in the air. If your air conditioning system malfunctions or under-performs the air quality in your home suffers, feeling moist and sticky.

Humidity in your home of more than 60 percent supports mold growth even without any water seeping out of leaky pipes, a hole in the roof, or other water flooding situations. If you try to save on energy use by running your air conditioner infrequently or not at all when the humidity is high, do not be surprised that mold damage is an unintended consequence. When SERVPRO hears a story of mold growth absent an obvious leak we pay close attention to the level of moisture in the air of your home. We use precise measuring tools to monitor the humidity levels as we take all the steps necessary to abate the fungal damage.

Once we contain and remove the mold and disinfect the area, we turn to reducing the moisture content of the air to prevent future mold outbreaks. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers both remove dampness, and we advise continuous operation until the humidity drops. The ideal range is between 30 and 50 percent ambient moisture. Our technicians evaluate the operation of your air conditioners, checking for clogged drainage hoses or other easily repaired issues to improve their air drying capacity. We have portable dehumidifiers to decrease humidity if necessary. As a final step, we help you set up your own AC and dehumidifiers to maintain the levels we achieve with our professional equipment.

Contact SERVPRO of Decatur whenever a musty smell or mold growth invades your home. Call 256 340-1541 for an inspection and depend on us to craft a plan to remove the mold and limit moisture to prevent more growth.

Mold can he hazardous

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Example of mold growth

Mold can seem almost benign due to its slow rate of visible damage and sluggish spreading but make no mistake; it can pose a health hazard to you once it has taken hold. SERVPRO technicians take entire courses on mold safety. There are many species of fungi that can create widely varied situations and problems depending on a high number of factors. If you have uncovered mold in your home, protecting your health and safety becomes a concern, and should top your list of priorities. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind as you live and work in your home during the remediation service. SERVPRO stance is that mold does cause health effects, we do not diagnose, but we do re mediate.

You May Want to Wear a Mask 
Timonium mold damage has a potential to cause respiratory health issues, in particular for individuals with weakened immune systems or asthma. SERVPRO technicians have access to industrial-grade protective masks and even suits when needed, and you should, at the very least, try to protect your mouth and sinuses with a mask when working near mold damage. For those with asthma or respiratory issues, the urgency of this precaution is even higher. We firmly recommend that you do not grapple with this problem. Our main advice is to call us to tackle your mold problem. Be safe, not sorry.
 
Hands Off 
Some types of mold can produce toxic or infectious byproducts, making the act of touching mold with your bare hands potentially dangerous. In general, you should never touch visible mold growth, as doing so can not only hurt you but also spread the mold to other surfaces. If you touch mold by accident, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching other surfaces. 
 
Be Mindful of Other Dangers 
Many mold damage cases come with additional problems, whether you are aware of them or not. That patch of mold could be the result of a five-year-old water pipe leak, and in addition to allowing mold growth, it may have already long weakened the surrounding structure. Being aware of structural issues and other types of damage could save you money while protecting your home investment.
 

Call SERVPRO of Decatur if you suspect you have a mold issue.

256-340-1541

GOT MOLD?

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growth

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

    • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
    • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
    • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
    • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
    • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
    • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to re-mediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Decatur 256-340-1541

When Storms or Floods Hit

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Decatur specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property and personal items. 

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces restoration cost. 

When storms hit Decatur, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

If you have experience storm damage, don't wait and call SERVPRO of Decatur at (256) 340-1541 today!